Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day 2016
Herts & Essex marked Remembrance Day 2016 with an art installation of beauty and grace. Nearly 1,000 paper poppies were hung in a stunning cascade from the Old Hall balcony. During the preceding weeks, students and staff had written messages on the poppies to those who had lost their lives in battle; there were some very poignant messages as well as some beautiful artwork.
On 11 November at 11.00 am Year 8 student Bethan Spragg, 2015-16 H&E Young Musician of the Year played the Last Post in the Courtyard after which the poppies were dropped over the balcony watched by many students and staff. Mrs Caitlin Hayward, House Leader, who devised and co-ordinated the project said, 'the poppies look beautiful and some of the messages are very poignant and heartfelt. It is a lovely way to focus on those who have given up their lives and serves as a great reminder. All the students were very supportive of the project and the effect is stunning.'
Donations were made to the Royal British Legion as the poppies were dropped and the staff and students had a chance to look at them.
Bethan Spragg playing the Last Post in the courtyard
Students and Mrs Tooze (below) reading the poppy messages